Science and Engineering graduate programme

For engineering or science students who want to become experts in nuclear power, this is a great way to start. 16 months of intensive training will give you a solid grounding in various aspects of the operation of nuclear power plants. You’ll spend time working in one of our power stations or offices, learn from some of the world’s leading nuclear power specialists, and begin your journey towards chartered status. And, after 16 months’ training, you should be ready to take on a permanent role within our Nuclear Development team.

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Our Science & Engineering Graduate Scheme will close for applications on 3rd November 2020. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Click to apply for the following programmes:

Mechanical Engineering ; Electrical and C&I Engineering ; Civil Engineering ; Maths; Material Science & Metallurgy ; Physics ; Chemistry

Programmes available

• Civil Engineering

• Electrical and C&I Engineering

• Material Science and Metallurgy

• Maths

• Mechanical Engineering

• Physics

• Chemistry

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Where we could take you

At the end of the graduate scheme you’ll take up a full-time role in your assigned business area at Hinkley Point C  – building on the skills you have developed. The learning opportunities and mentoring don’t stop after your graduate programme is finished. Over the next few years, you’ll build on your specialist skills, taking on more projects and responsibilities and helping us shape the future of energy.

What’s in it for you?

• Starting salary of £27,500

• 25 days’ annual leave

• Pension scheme

• Regular pay reviews

• Annual performance bonus

• Flexible benefits package

• Wellbeing and support services

• Relocation support for moving between attachments and into a new role after the programme.

Locations

You’ll need to be able to relocate during the scheme. You’ll need to secure and fund your own short-term accommodation during attachments, supported by your relocation allowance. As an EDF science and engineering graduate you could complete placements in any of our power stations, offices in East Kilbride or Gloucester, or with our Nuclear New Build business in Gloucester, Bristol, London or Hinkley Point (Somerset). At the end of your scheme you'll join our Hinkley Point C project in the South West.

Training, Development and Support

We offer a variety of learning and development opportunities for our graduates to start on a path of continuous development during your career at EDF.

You’ll have lots of support along the way from your line manager, a recent graduate buddy and a Chartered technical mentor (in a relevant discipline). Our Young Professionals Network will also welcome you to their network where they provide an effective platform to learn, lead and connect.  It’s a good opportunity for you to knowledge share with fellow graduates and trainees from our other programmes.

  • 1. Induction

    Start your journey at EDF by getting to know your fellow graduates and meeting some key business contacts during a week-long induction at our state of the art facility, Cannington Court (Somerset).

    2. The first 3 months

    Following your induction you’ll spend 3 months based at your home location getting to know your new team.  This time will be interspersed with periods of residential training at our training centres near Gloucester and Cannington Court.

  • 3. Placements

    The next 8 months of your programme will be spent rotating around some of our UK sites allowing you to see how our different departments in the Central Technical Organisation (CTO) and Power Stations collaborate. During the scheme you could find yourself undertaking placements within our Technical, Engineering, Pre-Operations or Commissioning Departments across our Generation and Nuclear Development business units.

    4. CTO Placements

    During your attachments at CTO you’ll work with experienced Engineers on a variety of technical projects. You’ll quickly gain an understanding of the technical aspects of the work and with the help of your mentor/supervisor you’ll soon be making a real contribution and gaining knowledge and experience of how we make modifications to our nuclear power plants. At the end of the attachment you’ll have developed technical, nuclear safety and project management skills and experience that will support you throughout your career.

  • 5. Power Station Placements

    During your power station attachments you’ll work with experienced site-based engineers; this attachment will allow you to get ‘hands-on’ plant experience. You’ll work closely with skilled staff to carry out maintenance, testing and repair of power plant equipment and gain a good understanding of the scale and complexity of equipment on a nuclear power station site.

    6. Going home

    The final 5 months of the programme will be spent working back at your home location, gaining more experience and developing your skills as you prepare to interview for a permanent role to transition into at the end of your scheme.

  • 7. Tailored Training

    We’re passionate about your growth and offer a tailored training path that will help develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours both during the scheme and in your future career. You’ll be given time to invest in your technical and behavioural skills development and the chance to learn from others and build networks that will help you moving forward in your career.  

    8. STEM Ambassadors

    As part of your wider leadership training, you’ll be trained as a STEM Ambassador which will allow you to inspire our future generation of engineers at STEM events nationwide.

Recruitment process

Our recruitment process is rigorous, but fair. A chance for us to find out whether your calling is to shape the future of energy – and if EDF is the perfect home for your talents.

  • 1. Apply online
    Your journey starts by registering online and completing the application form. We’ll ask for key information such as qualifications and work experience and why you want to work here.
    2. Online situational strengths testing
    If you look like a good match for EDF, we’ll ask you to complete an online situational strengths test. This assessment will give you the opportunity to show us your strengths and will give you an insight into the work our graduates are involved in.
    3. Online ability testing
    Next, we’ll ask you to complete an online numerical reasoning test.
  • 4. Telephone interview
    Get through the online stage and you’ll have the chance to tell us more about yourself during a short telephone interview. As well as giving more evidence of the skills and qualities we’re looking for, you’ll be able to show us you’ve given careful thought to your career choice.
    5. Assessment centre
    The last stage is to meet us at our assessment centre. Here, you’ll take part in various exercises designed to show us whether you have the ability and attitude needed to do well here. We’ll see how well you approach tasks, deal with issues and work with others. You’ll also get to learn more about our culture, our people and our programmes, as well as having the opportunity to demonstrate your technical knowledge and capability at interview stage.
  • 6. Offer
    Congratulations – you’ve made it through the interviews and we’d love for you to join our team. We’ll make you an offer as soon as possible after the assessment centre. If you accept, it’s the start of a very exciting career with EDF. 
    We’ll keep in touch throughout the summer to make sure you’ve got everything you need for the months ahead. We’ll also invite you to a range of events where you can meet other new starters and get a feel for life here.

Sarah Chen's experience, Science & Engineering Graduate

I have always been fascinated by the complexity of construction projects, so while I was studying for my engineering degree I spent as much of my free time as I could on construction related work experience and internships. I chose this scheme because it was relevant to my civil engineering degree and I was really excited by the once in a lifetime opportunity it provided to enable me to contribute to one of the largest construction projects in Europe. Being a mature student on the Graduate scheme has been much easier than I thought it would be. The rest of the graduates and Early Careers staff were all very accepting of me and I fitted in well with the rest of the group. It was helpful that EDF Energy as a company value the benefits that a diverse work force offers and this is reflected in their recruitment strategy.

Jessica Cliff's experience, Science & Engineering Graduate (Physics)

I chose the Physics Scheme at EDF Energy. I studied Physics at University and found Nuclear Physics to be the area I was most interested in; however I wanted to work in industry and stay on the civil side. EDF Energy is a leading company in this industry and as well as having a great deal of experience with the current generating fleet of reactors, it’s a really exciting time with the new build of Hinkley Point C.

The graduate scheme is a great opportunity to learn about all areas of the business and although placements are short, there is opportunity to contribute to a range of different projects. Some of my work has involved working with designers in France and has been accepted by our regulator. This really gives a sense that the work I’ve done has contributed to the team I was in.

Callum Grayson’s experience, Engineering graduate programme

“I believe great preparation and research got me my role with EDF Energy. I’m happy that my hard work is opening up opportunities for me in this exciting part of the organisation.”

Search jobs and apply

Our Science & Engineering Graduate Scheme will close for applications on 3rd November2020. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Click to apply for the following programmes:

Mechanical Engineering ; Electrical and C&I Engineering ; Civil Engineering ; Maths ; Material Science & Metallurgy ; Physics ; Chemistry